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wo % good evening. thank you for join us. tonight a chaotic scene and the latest flash pint of the donald trump campaign to win the white house. a concern for safety trumped trump's campaigning in chicago forcing the gop front run tore
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what the tough-talking billionaire is saying witabout it. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: tonight in chicago a college campus s ddenly erupted. police and protesters doing battle because political tensions have reached a boiling point. it all started inside the university of i iinois pavilion where 10,000 had gathered to see donald trump. not alof them trump supporters. then as abrupt pronouncement. >> for the safety of the tens of thousands that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight's rally will be postponed until another date. thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace. >> reporter: instead -- all hell broke loose. >> [ bleep ]!
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>> reporter: the clash continued even as the crowd spill the out onto the streets. tonight trump on msnbc blamed it on people angry at washington. >> we are a country that's so divided that maybe even you don't understand it. i've never seen anything like it. >> reporter: then he told cnn he's only seen love at his rallies. >> nobody's been hurt at our rallies. >> r rorter: the tension between trump lovers and trump hat haters building for weeks. >> get out of here. out. >> reporter: fayetteville, north carolina, a demonstrator being escorted out of a rally got sucker punched by a 78-year-old mama john mcgraw told "inside edition" he'd be tempted to throwore than an elbow. >> the next time we see him we might ve to kill him. >> reporter: he's now charged with assault and battery. initially the crowd did nothing to stop him. protester told abc affiliate wtvd he was there peacefully and aside from protesting, he did
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>> it feels the other way around it would have been a different story. >> reporter: at that same rally other protesters were attacked by other trump supporters. >> wow. >> reporter: the candidate himself accused of stoking the & anger of his crowds. >> we're not allowed to punch back anymore. i le the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that in a place like this? they'd be carried out on stretcher. if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock seriously. like to punch him in the face, i tell you. >> reporter: at this week's cnn debate, trump rejected the idea he is in any way to blame. >> i will say this. we have 5,000, 30,000 people, 85 seen it yourself, people come with tremendous passion and love for the country. when they see protest in this cases -- you're mentioning one heard about it, which i don't like.
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this country, t ty have anger that's unbelievable. >> reporter: trump's opponents are making hay over this. earlier today marco rubio accused trump of inciting the crowdsds >> there's only one presidential candidate who has violence at their events. and i do think donald needs tos. and take responsibility for the fact that some of the rhetoric he has used could potentially be contributing to this environment. that is growing increasingly disturbing for a growing number of americans. tonight ted cruz called it a sad day for political disisurse. >> when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you cree an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse. >> reporter: tonight trump insists he's the victim. >> all of the trump supporters
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unfairly because first amendment says we have a right to speak. we have a friendly rally, we have a right to speak. and we were stopped from having that right of freedom of speech. >> reporter: tonight the u.s. secret service and the chicago police both insist they didn't pull the plug on this rally, nor would they have recommended doing so. the decision to canc, they say, is trump's and trump's alone. protesters did accomplish what they set out to do. the guy who was pulled off that podium spoke with abc's chicago affiliate wls before the whole thing kicked off. >> i can't speak for anybody else but the hatred, the bigotry, the racism that he has, that he has promoted, is going to get a great interruption by a lot of people. we're very upset at his agenda. >> reporter: tonight campus police ended up separating the two sides, the trump supporters contained in a parking garage, the protesters outside.
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trump rally. the gop establishment is now talking openly about contesting a trump nomination at this summer's national party convention. the last time that happened? was in chicago. 1968. and it looked like this. look familiar? 1968 america seemed on the verge of civil war. tonight the republican party sure does. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new york. up next, hulk hogan's $100 million legal battle with gawker heats up. and a look back at the life of nancy reagan as she's laid to rest today. i use what's already inside me to reach my goals. so i liked when my doctor told me i may reach my blood sugar and a1c goals by activating what's within me.
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hulk hogan could hold his own in the ring. how about the courtroom? the wrestler's in the midst of a $100 million legal battle with the website gawker over a leaked sex tape. his former wife says he doesn't deserve a penny. here's abc's linsey i janice. >> reporter: if you've ever felt the wrtling matches weren't exactly on the up and up, here's one hogan matchup where the outcome is for once completely up in the air. >> you didn't ask them to see the sex tape they had, did you? >> no, sir, i did not. >>eporter: day five of the sensational trial pitting the former wwe sr against gawker. >> heather wants to have sex with you. it started out like that. >> reporter: hogan, real name
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site for posting a portion of a 2007 tape of him having sex with heather klem, then-wife o his former best friend bubba the love sponge. >> heather started walking in the bedroom pulling my hand. >> reporter: hogan seeking $100 million for the alleged edd invasion of privacy claiming he didn't ow he was being filmed. >> there's a tape of you [ bleep ]i]i heather -- >> i've never made a tape. >> reporter: gawker arguing hs a public figure and they enjoy first amendment rights to cover private matters about public fig use. >> this case is about a news organization's ability to join a national conversation on a topic that's in the news. and this particular case, hulk hogan spent years talking in graphic detail about his sex life. >> reporter: gawker not the only ones lacin into the action-wrestler. >> he has no regret. he has no shame in his game. >> reporter: how long can's ex-wife linda telling "inside edition" this week she doesn't believe he deserves a dime in
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>> i want the world to know how i feel about him. i don't know how he could d do this to his family, to his pes, to the world. >> reporter: today hogan's lawyerarguing this isn't about hogan's morals but gawker's, putting its culture on trial, reading e-mails between a.j. delario, then editor in chief, and a young woman pleading to have gawker take down a video showing her having sex. >> in her e-mail she writes, i am the girl in it, and it was stolen from me and put u without my permission. >> reporter: he later writes to the young woman. >> it's not getting taken down, it's a dumb mistake you made, happens to the best of us. > reporter: ultimately the tape was taken down. >> the more evidence that they can present that gawker leaders behaved badly or recklessly, the better chance they have of getting a big verdict from this jury. >> reporter: the defense making the argument that hogan's sex
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discussed it publicly before. size 15 ring. figure it out. two-thirds the size of your feet and hands. >> reporter: playing a radio show clip where hogan discusses the size of his machinehood with sponge. >> you're claiming maybe to have a 10-inch [ bleep ]? >> reporter: hogan's team bringing outlaims of their own. >> 28.9% change in value is tape. >> reporter: the internet expert testifying gawker made $15.4 million from posting the sex tape. gauger disputes that. >> today's testimony is focusing how much this jury award, if they believe gawker should be found liable.e.
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that gawker made $15 million plus just on h hing this tape. >> reporter: the man behind the postst that same editor in chief at the time, a.j. delario. here in a recorded deposition saying he receid it from an anonymous source. >> i enjoyed watching the video. i found it very amusing. >> reporter: lawyers asking him, is there any celebrity sex tape he wouldn't consider newsworthy? >> if they were a client. >> reporter: gawker calling the rema flip, made only after he said he wouldn't post a tape of a child. >> while he may have been flip, he may have been sarcastic, he may not have meant it at all, when you're in a deposition, your words matter. and your words can be used >> reporter: didawyers asking gawker founder nick denton whether he thought posting the video would be distressing to
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>> why not? >> because my job is to disseminate information. and that's our social function. >> reporter: brows through and onnts front page, mostly political coverage. noticeably missing are the more salacious stories the site was once famous for. hogan's team put a journal improve soar on the stand, mike foley, university of florida, who testified that gawker@ is practicing unethical journalism. lawyers for gawker tried to body slam him. >> you were a reporter for only three years. not been a reporter since 1973. correct? >> that's approximately correct. >> reporter: and even seemed to get him to agree withome points of their argument. >> gossip columnists. they too are protected under our first amendment, even if you don't think they're doing good journalism, right? >> free dochlt press. freedom of the press.
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started when hogan was in the midst of shooting a reality show called "hogan knows best." he says he and then we linda drifted apart but he had a back. >> he was holding my father as my father passed away. so there was never any question , you know, who he was or what he meant to me. >> rorter: his name, bubba klem. the shock jock in florida. hogan says his best friend proposed an unusual method to make him forget his troubles. >> heather wants to have sex with you, heather wants to see the size of your [ bleep ]. it started out like that. >> reporter: heather wasas klem's wife. >> klememsked you, and do you recall your answer? >> i said i would. >> reporter: hogan said he laughed it off. >> i knew they had an open marriage because he talked about it on the radio. but i thoug with me it was so many times they talked about it, it kind of turned into a joke.
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point he says he called his friend. >> she basically said, i'm filing for divorce. all i did was called bubba, cryiyi like a babab on the phone, i broke down. when bubba says, come over to the house, let's talk, you know. i was just so desperateti went over there. >> reporter: moments after hogan arririd, he says clem's wife grabbed his hand and led him up the stairs to the bedroom. >> from the feeling i had, bubba, you're not filming this, are e u? and he just lashed into me, what the hell's wrong with you, i'm your f'ingng best friend, how dare you say that to me. >> rorter: five years later a tape of that night is posted by gawker. hogan says he didn't even believe his friend clem wasn on this either until later that day. a bombshell. >> when they confirmed that bubba was on the tape and bubba went up and turned the camera off and bubba told heather that, this is for our retirement, heather. i just started violently shaking. >> he later settled a lawsuit with clem, who apologize for stating that hogan knew he was
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but hogan has refused to settle this one saying gawker, by publishing the tape, violated his privacy. >> they made a conscious decision to expose terry bolea naked and engaged in sex and having private conversations in a private bedroom. >> i think it's a very hard argument to make to say, i'm entitled to my privacy when i decide to be terry boa. as opposed to hulk hogan. >> reporter: but now his private life, for@ better or worse, back in the limelight as his legal team rests its case. >> how do you feelentally after this week? >> toughest workout i've ever had. >> r rorter: and it's not over yet. the battle continues next week the defense presents their case. for "nightline," i'm linsey january sister in st. petersburg, florida. next, we celebrate the life of former first lady nancy reagan.
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published, one read by former canadian prime minister brian maroney. >> she loves to laugh and her laugh is like tinkling bells. i hear those bells and feel good all over. >> reporter: journalists and celebritie from tom selleck to mr. t., who joined nancy reagan in her "just say no" campaign. remember that photo of her on his lap? in the front row families of current and former white house residents arranged just as nancy reagan had planned it. first lady michelle obama seated right next to president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush. hillary clinton and laura bush sharing a knowing look over anecdotes of nancy reagan's fierce defense of "heron ronnie >> as a couple they were more than the sum of their parts. it would be a mistake to consider her somehow subordinate to him just because he was t one usually taking center stage. they were co-equals. they complemented one another.
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her children and especially daughter patty focused not on her love for them but her love for the presididt. >> my parents were two halves of a circle. closed tight around a world in which their love for each other was the only sustenance they needed >> reporter: our own diane sawyer remembered a needlepoint nancy reagan's home. >> i know the words were clearly from president reagan and it said something like this. if you must leave, could you just take me with you? >> reporter: after the ceremony, her casket was taken out to the gravesite of president reagan and this evening it is being laid to rest in the ground there beside him. as she requested. so close as though they could hold hands. for "nightline," i'm matt gutman in simi valley, california. >> i a christmas day letter to his wife in 1981, president reagan wrote in part, i don't always be there.
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rally a rally goers clashing a violent scene inside and outside this event. chaos forcing a campaign to cancel the event at least for tonight. and tonight donald trump is saying he just didn't want to see people hurt or worse. >> pushing shoving and a punches thrown. no holds barred. and ugly turn to what was supposed to be a rally for donald trump in chicago. >> when thousands of protester clashed with trump supporters it was a c cos. unfolding for at least 20 minutes until police finally arrived in droves. >> tonight's rally will be postponed until another day. >> and at masses move outside. >> the brawling has cast a shadow over the man who could become at republican nominee. in st. louis one protest outside was blood. more inside were thrown out. and a trump had words for them. >> go home to mommy. get em out. troublemaker.
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a trump supporter seen sucker pudging a man he was arrested and charged. now gop rivals are pouncing. >> the responsibility for that lies with protesters who took violence io their own hands. but any campaign responsibility starts at the top. on phone with cnn donald trump is unphased. >> i'm not a person that wants to see violence. see people hurt. will you tell your supporter to @ ease up on protesters on the violence? >> well protesters are really, some of them are very violent. and i'm not even sure they can control themselves. a lot of people are talking about this take an ely look at tomorrow's new york daily news cover. headline reading, blood on don's hands. late tonight marco rubio also called into cnn calling the events of tonight disturbing. there were no reports any serious injuries or arrested. at last check the secret service in chicago had no comment.


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